AMD’s Zen CPUs Latest News & Updates: Long-Awaited Zen CPU Will Have Its Public Unveiling On December 13! Ready For CPU Showdown?

By Arlene Limsiaco , Updated Dec 01, 2016 10:21 PM EST

AMD Zen Summit Ridge CPUs will have their public unveiling this coming Dec.13 and the event will be available on the live stream. All you have to do is to sign up for the live streaming with AMD hosting sign-up page.

AMD Zen CPUs are set to launch in early 2017 but it will have its first public sneak peak first that will be at around 1 p.m Pacific Time on Dec. 13. The New Horizon organized this event and they chose the video game media figure, Geoff Keighley to be the host of the said occasion. The former member of the Evil Geniuses eSports team, Peter "PDD" Dager will be there to put the Zen-based Summit Ridge processor through its paces. In addition, AMD Zen CPUs event will have other guests and giveaways to hype the energy of its viewers. The company said that it will be the first time for the public to try Zen for themselves and witness its great features.

There will be four Zen-based CPUs launching in this coming 2017, according to some reports. It includes two Zen octa-core chips with multi-threading design, SR5 with six cores, and quad-core SR3. AMD Senior Mike Clark described the Zen CPU could provide both improved power usage and other caching. He also added that AMD Zen CPU was able to handle 40 percent more instructions per clock than to its previous model Excavator x86 core. AMD Zen CPUs will have its clean-sheet design with a number of changes including cache hierarchy and simultaneous multithreading or SMT.

However, there are some reports regarding with the pricing of Zen CPUs and how competitively they are. $500 to its highest-end 8-core while $350 for a slower 8-core chip. 6-core SR5 for $250 and a quad-core SR3 for $150. With these prices, AMD Zen will be a threat to Intel when they hit the market next year. The Summit Ridge CPUs could cost half as much as the Intel's comparable processors. If AMD confirms the said prices on their products launching on 2017, tech enthusiasts will be able to witness a CPU showdown after a long time ago.

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